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Mel Bay Presents Exploring the Folk Harp Paperback – November 1, 1993

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Mallory Geller and Janna McCall Geller, "Mallory & McCall," have been featured together as entertainers (and husband and wife) since 1973. Although they currently devote much of their performing to folk harp and vocals, they have explored many aspects of music, writing and theater. For 14 years they wrote, produced and acted The Janus Company Radio Theatre, broadcast live weekly in Los Angeles. A sharp eye might discover them in the guise of various historical and fictional characters, including Mr. and Mrs. Dickens and Queen Victoria and her equerry, or in Renaissance garb playing and singing and giving "Phree harpe lessons" to all takers at fairs and musical events. They can also be found in and around the Southern California area playing and singing in a wide range of styles: folk to Irish to Broadway, with a lot in between. In addition, they are freelance writers with experience in just about everything from newspaper reporting to poetry. Janna's background is in music and performing. She majored in music composition and arranging at Los Angeles Valley College and UCLA. She went on to become an entertainer in clubs, musical theater, and comedy. She has written music for broadcast, stage and even King Henry VIII (now ruling in Fresno, California.) Mallory is an authentic ex-Greenwich Village poet whose current specialty is singing everything from Gilbert & Sullivan to Simon and Garfunkel. He has appeared off Broadway, worked in television production and is a Craftsman member of the Piano Technician's Guild. Mallory Geller and Janna McCall Geller, "Mallory & McCall," have been featured together as entertainers (and husband and wife) since 1973. Although they currently devote much of their performing to folk harp and vocals, they have explored many aspects of music, writing and theater. For 14 years they wrote, produced and acted The Janus Company Radio Theatre, broadcast live weekly in Los Angeles. A sharp eye might discover them in the guise of various historical and fictional characters, including Mr. and Mrs. Dickens and Queen Victoria and her equerry, or in Renaissance garb playing and singing and giving "Phree harpe lessons" to all takers at fairs and musical events. They can also be found in and around the Southern California area playing and singing in a wide range of styles: folk to Irish to Broadway, with a lot in between. In addition, they are freelance writers with experience in just about everything from newspaper reporting to poetry. Janna's background is in music and performing. She majored in music composition and arranging at Los Angeles Valley College and UCLA. She went on to become an entertainer in clubs, musical theater, and comedy. She has written music for broadcast, stage and even King Henry VIII (now ruling in Fresno, California.) Mallory is an authentic ex-Greenwich Village poet whose current specialty is singing everything from Gilbert & Sullivan to Simon and Garfunkel. He has appeared off Broadway, worked in television production and is a Craftsman member of the Piano Technician's Guild.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications (November 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562229079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562229078
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the Introduction to this book, the authors state, "There is something about a harp that brings a light to people's eyes, even when it is silent" (Page 9). If you have looked at a harp and felt the same way, then this is a nice book to add to your harp book collection. If you can access the "Look Inside" feature of this book on Amazon, you really should because you can see the topics covered in the well-planned Table of Contents. This is a wonderful book for the teen or adult beginning harp student who truly wants to learn about the folk harp and its place within human experience. It is especially inspiring for those who enjoy Celtic / Renaissance songs and traditional ballads. (NOTE: The reading would be too advanced for young children. The book is best enjoyed by those who are independent readers / learners with perhaps at least an eight grade reading level.) Intermediate and advanced musicians as well as harp enthusiasts may find some interesting ideas or notes here as well in the song commentaries.

I feel that the authors offer lovely, engaging insights into the world of the folk harp and to folk music. They serve up some encouragement to beginners: "One of the beauties of the harp is that even very simple music sounds wonderful and is easy to produce once you understand how the instrument, and its music, works" (Page 9).

Features of this book that I like: The book has easy-to-read fonts and dark print, which is helpful for eyeglass wearers. Though they are black and white, the photos of this book are interesting and appropriate for the information that they accompany. The illustrations and sheet music offer the learner some satisfying visuals and hands-on opportunities. The song commentaries add color and history to one's harp experience.
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I purchased this book before I purchased my first harp and it made everything easier. It clearly tells you how to tune a harp, change a string and select your first instrument. The arrangments were both beautiful and fun to play.
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This is a fabulous resource for the folk harp, written with just the perfect amount of personal touch. The arrangements are beautiful, and the historical notes on the songs are a joy for any music lover.
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I'm working on teaching myself harp, and this book, along with Sylvia Woods, is really good. Lots of familiar songs with simple arrangements.
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Reading this is like time traveling--back to the late 60s or 70s, when a lack of editing and poor picture quality were seen as evidence of "sincerity" instead of the self-indulgent drivel that they are. This intro to the folk harp could (and should) be cut by two-thirds at least.
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